General information about Becontree Primary School
Becontree Primary School is a successful, inclusive, multi-cultural, two form entry primary school situated in the Becontree Ward of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham is an outer London borough.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality education and care for the 500 children aged 3 to 11 who attend the school. The local community benefit from a Children's Centre that is situated on the same site. Established partnership working with 7 other local schools has been in place since April 2016 as part of our membership of the PACE Trust.
Becontree over time
Becontree Primary School began its life in October 1922. Since then, both the physical environment and the quality of education have undergone many changes that have led to significant improvements in all aspects of the school’s work.
In 2007, significant refurbishment work was carried out to establish the current layout and services provided from the school site. One end of the site houses a local authority Children’s Centre whilst the other end forms the front entrance of the school with an administration department and additional hall. The school is spacious and very well equipped with a large library, an ICT suite, a computing curriculum suite, additional teaching bases and three spacious halls. All teaching spaces are fitted with digital projectors, Visualisers and a lap top with internet connection. The CC4 server significantly enhances IT capabilities across the school.
In recent years the school population has changed considerably with approximately 80% of our pupils coming from ethnic minority backgrounds; many who do not speak English as their first language.
75% of our current school population is made up of the following ethnic groups: White British (23%), Any other white background (16%), Black African (11%), Bangladeshi (13%) and Pakistani (12%). 39 different languages are spoken by children at the school.
Quality first teaching and additional support ensures that all groups of children make excellent progress and quickly acquire new vocabulary and language skills in English to enable them to access the curriculum.
Our school motto, Respecting One Another, is very important to us. It underpins all aspects of our work and permeates school life on a daily basis. As a result, our children behave well within a harmonious learning community and all members of our community are valued and respected.
Partnership with parents is key to our success and we continue to develop our work in this area. Before and after school care for children has been available to parents for a fee for several years. Our full time Parent Support Adviser plays a vital role in building links with parents and providing support to our children and their families.
The school works in close partnership with other schools in the PACE Trust and the local authority and continually strives to improve the learning environment, education and opportunities for all of our children.